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The Southern Pacific line between Dallas and Hearne was built by the Houston and Texas Central. The line south of Hearne to Victoria through acquisition of a portion of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass. The H&TC reached Hearne in 1868, Corsicana in 1871, and Dallas in 1872. The H&TC came under SP control in 1883. Many of the towns along the Houston & Texas Central were named for investors or officials with the railroad. Christopher Columbus Hearne's wife donated 700 acres for the development of the railroad. Colonel Paul Bremond who along with Thomas William House formed the first railroad that later became the H&TC. Cornelius Ennis, William Rice and W.J. Hutchins were investors that pushed for the extension of the H&TC north to Dallas. Theodore Kosse was the chief survey engineer for the railroad. Abraham Groesbeck was a director on the railroad.
In 1924, the railroad installed signals Hammond and Bremond. Eureka to Cypress and Courtney to Navasota had signals added in 1925. Hearne to Mexia and Miller Yard to T&P Jct. in 1926. Navasota to Hearne and Mexia to Corsicana in 1927. In 1928, SP (H&TC) added 111 US&S style B semaphore signals between Corsicana and Miller Yard in south Dallas on 44 miles of single track. It also added desk interlocking panel at Ennis to control the junction switch at Garrett. In 1956, the SP installed a short stretch of CTC between Hearne and Seger 4 miles. This was extended 19 miles to Bremond in 1963 and another 11 miles opt Kosse in 1994. CTC was installed between Hearne and Giddings in 1980. UP added CTC between Muldoon and Flatonia in 2000.
One of the challenges in chasing trains on partly cloudy days is the shadows created by the clouds. I tried to time my shots so that the train, my camera, and sunshine all arrived at the same point at the same time. I wasn't always successful, but these are the shots where it generally all came together.